InterAction Director for Humanitarian Practice Testifies At House Hearing On Famine Response

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On June 15, Julien Schopp, Director for Humanitarian Practice at InterAction, testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations to discuss the ongoing food crises in Yemen, Nigeria, South Sudan and Somalia. During the hearing, members of Congress called for more political pressure to address the root causes of famine and food insecurity.

Schopp testified about the challenges field staff face in delivering aid because of security and government obstacles. He addressed the need for a comprehensive response by the U.S. government. “We believe that the U.S. can take action to meet immediate and urgent needs and to remove obstacles that impede access to populations affected by famine,” Schopp said.

He also added that more of the global community should be asked to step up to help fund humanitarian relief because of the uncertainty of U.S. government funding for humanitarian relief.

“The humanitarian need, if you look at the global picture, is growing, growing, growing in terms of dollar amounts and number of people that need to be assisted,” Schopp said. “We need to talk more to the Gulf countries, talk more to China, to talk more to non-traditional donors. Because at some point it’s not going to be possible for the U.S. and Europe to continue carrying that load.”

 

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Read the full text of Julien Schopp's written testimony

 

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